Are we a sinking ship or just a side in transition which is completely out of form?
Yesterday’s trouncing hurt. I don’t agree that there was lack of effort or fight, in my opinion (and I know it is not some of yours) it was a lack of quality. We simply got outplayed and out-thought. Both the players and the management.
Not one AA’er thought we would win, some may have hoped but none honestly believed we would leave with the Cup. What we all hoped for was that Arsenal would compete and for much of the first half we did, in fact had PEA not missed a sitter (or was it a superb tackle) we could have been even at 45 mins. What happened next was a shock. What changed? We just couldn’t get the ball, our passes when we had the ball were wayward, our attackers had no chances. Ozil and PEA were passengers. Was it AFC who got worse or City who put on a masterclass of movement and possession football?
Whatever it was, we were embarrassing for 30 minutes, especially after the second goal. We rallied towards the end but created only a single opportunity (PEA for Iwobi)
Ospina. Second time in 4 days he was beaten by a cross shot. 5
Chambers. Battled hard 5
Mustafi Terrible for the first goal. A flaky defender who needs to find consistency 3
Koscielny. Had a decent game. My MotM 6
Bellerin. Managed to keep Sane relatively quiet but could not get forward 5
Ramsey. Clearly unfit. 4
Wilshere. Plenty of drive and action, not enough creativity. 5
Xhaka. Poor performance. Worked hard but simply not good enough 3
Monreal/Kolasinac. Thank goodness Sterling was injured. 4
Ozil. Anonymous. 3
PEA. Tried hard but got no service. Missed our only real chance. 4
Wenger. Looks lost and must be sitting at home dazed. We got tonked and it seems as though his final season (hopefully) will be his worst. 4 (one extra for looking so smart at kick-off)
Looking at the above, I am surprised that I gave the defence higher marks, but it was not their fault there was a tidal wave of City attacks., for the most part they defended well, though Mustafi’s weakness for the first was very poor.
Still … onwards and upwards. Let’s beat them on Thursday.
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